Episode 2: Stop. Bunny time!

The League of Shadow Bunnies

Image Details: ‘The League of Shadow Bunnies’ by LexnGer, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome one and all to episode 2 of the podcast: Stop. Bunny time! This week promises a lot of travel chatter as I have just been off on a road trip around Kwa-Zulu Natal, Swaziland and the Kruger National Park.

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Episode 1: Send in the Hogs!

Son/daughter of Billy

Hello and welcome to the shownotes for the first official Shinybees podcast. For those of you coming back after the Pilot Episode, great to see you again, and a warm welcome to any new listeners.

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Episode 0: The Pilot Episode

Pilot. Geddit?


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These are the show notes for the first ever Shinybees podcast episode: The Pilot. In this show I talk about the reasons for starting a podcast, my current works in progress (known as the Wippin’ Piccadilly section), and a little about South Africa before wrapping up. It’s quite amazing how quickly you get to 30 minutes!

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Olympic Gold

Push on Norman!

Olympic Gold was an awesome game for the Mega Drive, which was released in 1992 to coincide with the Barcelona Olympics. I was a big fan of the 100m sprint, although winning this involved rapidly pushing the A and B buttons to make the little guy on the screen run faster. How Sega have not been slapped with law suits from a whole generation of children who are now afflicted by RSI, I do not know. I still own a Mega Drive, in fact, we have 2: one is my Brother’s old workhorse that has seen many years of play and blowing out of dust from cartridges, and the other is a pristine, still in box version that I bought for my now husband back in the day. Yes, I am afraid we are that retro!

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On the Road: Windhoek, Namibia

Off to see the desert, the wonderful desert of Nam

Image Details: ‘Off to see the desert, the wonderful desert of Nam’ by Paul Watson, via Flickr

As it was my birthday last weekend, we went on a trip to Windhoek in Namibia. I’m not going to lie to you, this was prompted almost entirely by alcohol: our favourite lager here is ‘Windhoek’ and we booked the flights after 2 bottles of wine. Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought ‘did we really book flights to Namibia last night?’ No? Just me then….

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A Crafty Absence

ornament 3

Image Details: ‘ornament 3’ by Nesster, via Flickr.

I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last blogged. I have several blog entry drafts that are almost completed, but haven’t quite made it to the finished pile yet. A bit like all my Christmas knitting. Oops. In order to break the block, I’ve written a little round up of what’s been going on for the last few weeks. Admittedly, I may have got more done if I wasn’t so busy making merry, but that’s the whole point of Christmas, isn’t it? I am now going to have to knit my fingers to the bone to get all the projects finished before I go back to SA in January. And there is still a crate of Prosecco with my name on it in the shed….

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The Brits’ first Braai!


Image Details: ‘Braai’ by hyper7pro, via Flickr

So after a couple of months of training in this central part of South African social culture, it was time for the Brits to have a bash at braaing. Braai is the Afrikaans word for ‘barbecue’ or ‘grill’ and, unlike the amateurish attempts made the minute there is even a hint of sunshine in the UK, there is not a cheap, frozen, frisbee burger in sight. A braai differs from a barbecue in that wood is the traditional fuel used to cook on, although there has been a rise in the popularity of charcoal in recent years, chiefly due to the amount of time it takes for the wood to get to the right temperature, which is a good few hours.

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Wildlife at the new gaff Part 2: Reptilian Minions


Image Details: ‘Basilisk’ by asra_valorshon, via Flickr

I covered the slightly furrier residents at Shinybees Huis in Wildlife at the new gaff Part 1, and the non furry Gary and Barry, the geckos that shared the Babybee’s room. Well I have some sad news to report vis-à-vis Gaz and Baz. They are MIA, presumed KIA, and have been for a couple of weeks. I have been holding off on posting this sad news until I could get some kind of confirmation of their status, but as a much larger gecko has taken up residence in one of their usual outside spots, I feel now is the time to come to terms with the fact that they are probably no longer of this earth. I think it is also no coincidence that around the same time that Gaz and Baz first went missing, we were alerted to the presence of another cold blooded animal in our midst.

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Why everyone needs stash


Image Details: ‘Globe’ by pixagraphic, via Flickr

It’s been exactly 57 days since I was separated from my stash. 57 long, gruelling and inspiration-lacking days. 82,820 minutes since the movers came and packed up all my favourite toys for the move to SA. The Minstrel. The sewing machine. 3 crocodile boxes of yarn. 2 of fabric. My sewing box!

Whilst this pining for material belongings may seem a little over-dramatic to some, I have noticed a disturbing correlation between distance to stash and crafty mojo. I intend to call this Shinybees’ First Law of Stash. This law states that distance to stash is inversely proportional to crafty mojo: as distance to stash increases, crafty mojo decreases. This should explain why my crafty mojo has taken a bit of a hiatus over the past few weeks as my stash sailed south, and why I have had a renewed sense of inspiration since landing in SA, as our shipping container is in Durban, waiting to be transported by rail to Pretoria. Once they fix the railway line, that is.

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Have knitting, will travel: At the airport….


Image Details: ‘knit-plane’ by docpop, via Flickr

In view of our impending relocation to SA, I have been doing a little research into knitting on planes. There seems to be a plethora of beliefs when it comes to this pastime, and nobody can seem to agree on the answer, as a quick search on the Ravelry boards will attest. So I decided to do a little digging, as the last thing I want is some blunty security officer taking away my prized pins and current wip. As if I would stab someone with my new Knitpro DPNs. Have they any idea how much those things cost!!?

I will caveat at this point, that all information in this post is with reference to travel from the UK and I would strongly advise that you make your own enquiries if you are travelling elsewhere. I don’t think ‘but Shinybees said’ will cut it if you come up against some overly officious security type in Venezuela. That said, as you are about to find out, there really does not seem to be a definitive answer, and how that can possibly be, I have no idea. Surely, someone holds the trump card when it comes to the rules, right? Wrong! So, just in case, I have also added some top tips for avoiding attracting attention when going through security, courtesy of the Ravelry massive.

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